John de Andrea.  Sphinx. 1987.  Polyvinyl, oil paint: life-size.

        Like painters, Post-Modernist sculptors have begun to work with realistic forms.  Serving as a complement to Neorealist painting is the work of American John de Andrea (1941- ).  Typically, de Andrea appropriates traditional poses from the history of art, as in Sphinx, above.  But true to Post-Modern interests, his figures are rendered in a fully contemporary fashion, suggestive of the generation of young upwardly mobile professionals ("yuppies"), whose bodies and expressions reflect today’s consumer culture with its emphasis on youth, sleekness, shapeliness, and sexiness.

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